SteamOS is now shipping, in beta form at least, and it's all cool and stuff.
Valve have now integrated most of the improvements from Ye Olde SteamOSe, such as BIOS and DVD support, into their installer. You can download it from here.
Stephenson's Rocket replaces the Ye Olde SteamOSe project by building back on Valve's installer with bug fixes and improvements - especially hardware support.
This kind of collaborative development demonstrates the power of Open Source - and remember, you can contribute to Stephenson's Rocket too! Click "View on GitHub" at the top of the screen to get started, and watch the development tutorial video linked below!
- SteamOS only supports Realtek networking, or firmware-free networking. Stephenson's Rocket supports everything a modern Linux does, including WiFi.
- SteamOS monopolizes drives. Stephenson's Rocket can resize NTFS partitions.
- SteamOS only supports basic partitions. Stephenson's Rocket supports LVM and RAID.
- SteamOS requires a Radeon 5000 or newer for ATI users. Stephenson's Rocket will use the Open Source driver instead on older cards.
- SteamOS is only updated when Valve have time. Stephenson's Rocket comes with the tools to update it with the latest stuff yourself!
- Support NVIDIA cards no longer supported in current nvidia-glx driver.
- Support NVIDIA cards using the new 2014 Maxwell architecture, including the GTX 750 series, with the 334.21 driver.
Latest release: 1.0 93plus1 (released 2014-03-21)
To get started, download the torrent above.
Otherwise, clone this repo, and run gen.sh.
Installing from a DVD
Just burn the ISO to a blank DVD from your favourite tool, and boot it.
Installing from USB (Mac)
Open a Terminal window from the Utilities section of Applications.
Type "diskutil list" to get a list of devices - one of them will be your USB stick (e.g. /dev/disk2). Follow the Linux instructions below, with this /dev/rdiskX entry instead of /dev/sdX (please note the added "r"!)
Installing from USB (Linux)
As root (e.g. use "sudo") run "dd bs=1M if=/path/to/rocket.iso of=/dev/sdX" - sdX should be the USB stick device (check "dmesg" immediately after plugging it in, you should see the device. Be sure to use sdX, not sdX1 or sdX2. Then boot into the stick.
Installing from USB (Windows)
Download Win32 Disk Imager and use it to copy the .iso to your USB stick (1GB minimum size).
Once the installer is up...
Pick the "Automatic Install" option to wipe the first hard disk in your system and install SteamOS to it.
For more sophisticated booting - e.g. dual-boot or custom partition sizes - select the "Expert" option. Use of this mode is documented in the support video above.
Beyond that, just follow Valve's instructions from their site - Stephenson's Rocket should behave exactly like the real SteamOS, except it works on more systems
- 3D support is broken in Big Picture Mode itself and in 32-bit games in VirtualBox. This is a flaw in the Debian packaging of the VirtualBox guest drivers.
- Crashes and strange behaviours on NVIDIA Maxwell cards with certain OpenGL games and applications. This requires an update to the lastest driver to fix, which has not yet been packaged for APT.
Test it and report back to #steamos on Freenode.
- Rebase against Valve 2014-02-17 ISO combined with updatelevel 93 packages from alchemist_beta (Rocket GitHub issue 29, 30, 33)
- Added support for dmraid (software RAID; tested on Intel only)
- Added support for ATI cards not supported by proprietary fglrx driver. Tested on Radeon 4550
- Include patched partman-target.udeb (Valve GitHub issue 161)
- Rebase against Valve 2014-01-08 release
- Added support for Logical Volume Management (disables recovery partition if used for /, /boot/recovery, or swap)
- Added support for md software RAID (disables recovery partition if used for /, /boot/recovery, or swap; may also support FakeRAID but untested!)
2013-12-19 beta 2
- Fixed regression in audio between first and second releases (added steam and desktop users to pulse-access group)
- Modified Pulse config to not force a specific sound card, and to restore card volume on boot
- Shipped a replacement debootstrap, which will not fail at random on users' systems when generating their own image
- Included all non-Free firmware from Debian Wheezy
- Added ntfsprogs-udeb to allow NTFS resizing in the installer (Valve GitHub issue 88)
- Deleted unneeded 32-bit installer files, freeing about 300MB from the image size
- Include pavucontrol in the installation
2013-12-19 beta 1
- Added "Power User" mode, with dual-boot support
- Major Github layout changes
- Rebased against 2013-12-19 Valve release (newer packages including Mesa 10)
- Fixed crasher in recovery partition stuff on some drivers (e.g. VMware)
1.0 beta 1 alpha 1
- First release
- Added virtualbox guest drivers
- Added GRUB BIOS packages
- Added patched VMware driver with 3D support
- Made an Isohybrid installer with BIOS support (ISOLINUX files from Wheezy installer)
Michael Waltz (ecliptik) for his continued contributions.
Anonymized benefactors for their sponsorship (~400 day VMware key; £60; 1 month reddit Gold; Shoot Many Robots game; Civ5 gold upgrade).
Various Valve engineers for their help.
steam-scene.com for awarding the top prize in their SteamOS modding contest to Ye Olde SteamOSe
Valve Software for their kind donation of a Steam Controller prototype
Collabora Ltd for their kind donation of 2 x 500GB hard disks for testing